How did you use media technologies in the construction research, planning and evaluation stages?
In the construction, research and evaluation stages I used a large range and amount of media technologies.
Whilst researching I used Youtube and Vevo to watch music videos in the indie and acoustic genre allowing me to revise the styles, trends and conventions of this particular category also sparking ideas and inspiration for my music video to come. I found these platforms to be reliable and resourceful sites with an abundance of information and videos at hand. I then completed eight research posts which required me to screen-shot particular images from the music videos and create a detailed analysis on each I did this focusing on importance to narrative, use of camera angles and performance aspects.
I also used google to research artists information and details allowing accurate data and material. With this information collected I used Pages, Vimeo and WordPress to upload and record this research. Spotify allowed me to do further research into acoustic indie genre by discovering other artists in this category. All of these media technologies allowed me to discover less known artists and videos providing a more diverse collection of research.
I used my target audience interview to cast the actors/singers in my music video asking specific questions on aspects that I was thinking of exercising forcing a honest and natural answer from the interviewees. I did this using a Canon 70D and tripod, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, uploaded to my Vimeo and posted onto my WordPress blog. To organise filming I used social media such as snap chat and i messenger which was imperative to coordinate the laid back singer I casted and teenagers in my target audience interview.
I used my Canon 70D to interview my artist on the lyric meaning and edited this in Premiere Pro, uploading to Vimeo and then to my WordPress blog. Using my target audience interview and lyric interview I was able to then create a shot list.
I created a shot list to lay out my plans and ideas for each and used pages as it was a simplistic act that I was very aware of how to use and navigate through. I uploaded this to my WordPress blog.
To create my digipak I conducted a photoshoot in a professional studio using a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens. I used two bowens Gemini-GM500 lights lighting the background with a 55cm soft box on each light and had one light on the figure, which was a GM250 with a profoto 150cm octobox to defuse the light. Then the backgrounds were held up with manfrotto studio background hooks.
I used the softwares Photoshop, Indesign and Premier Pro as well as Wix, which I used to contract my artists website. When editing the photographs I altered their colouration, decreased the appearance of blemishes, cropped and experimented with different styles of font.
I retrieved my font style from a font downloading site called Da Font which gave me access to an abundance of styles for me to experiment with and find one most suitable for an acoustic indie album cover.
I used wix.com to create a website for my artist that allowed me to edit it to be most appropriate fro my genre of music. It also gave me the ability to state the details of album purchasing or streaming, tour dates and merchandise available which I created. I was then able to link my artists social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
I filmed on a sunny day using my 70D Canon and my Canon EF 50mm Lens allowing a sharp image. I used a variety of aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings depending on the different locations and lighting.
I downloaded the footage to my hard drive and edited on my MacBook Pro using Adobe Premiere Pro allowing access to specialist tools such as clip duration and pace, warp stabiliser and the ability to sync the filmed performance and transitioning of clips with the song and instrumental queues.
When filming I used a speaker and mobile phone to play the artist’s song from Sound Cloud to allow accurate timing when lip-syncing.
Lastly I used my WordPress blog to store and document my progress from my AS film introduction to now for my A2 music video. My laptop, hard drive and camera have been essential to this progress including the software installed on it such as Premiere Pro and Indesign. The ability to upload this progress to Vimeo and WordPress have been imperative acting in a journal type of recording facility. Also whilst creating these evaluation questions I used quick time to screen record my navigation of the computer and a microphone to narrate.